Get Back To Mono: Beatles’ Recording Engineer Ken Scott On The Best Way To Hear The Fab Four

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For most music lovers, there can be no such thing as “too much Beatles.” But there have been stray notes of skepticism surrounding the much-hyped Beatles In Mono vinyl box set that hit stores last week. Particularly among millennial fans, the very concept of mono recording conjures images of quaint lo-fi discs intended strictly for purists and those stranded in the past. Surely this 14-record set is a dive into minutiae, an extraneous curio designed solely for the Beatlemaniac audiophile?

This could not be further from the truth. The Beatles In Mono is perhaps the most crucial Beatles release for those who were not privileged to live in a time when the four Fabs roamed the Earth. For a start, just use your ears. Far from a relic, the sound is more alive, full, and frightfully contemporary than ever before. And that’s not just our opinion- it’s also the opinion of Ken Scott, the music industry great who got his start as the Beatles’ recording engineer. Prior to his groundbreaking work with a list of legends including David Bowie, Elton John, Jeff Beck and Supertramp, Scott was in the room when some of the Beatles’ classic recordings were being made, and had his hand on the fader when the original masters were created. Who better to say how these records are meant to sound?

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Janet Jackson’s Style Transformation Through the Years

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On September 19, 1989 Janet Jackson‘s monster album Rhythm Nation 1814 was released, making 2014 the 25th anniversary of the seminal record. Janet’s incredible style evolution over the nearly 40 years she’s been in the public eye makes her the perfect candidate for Transformation Tuesday. With every album and every awards show Janet was always keen on showing a fresh new style, influencing the biggest stars of today with both her music and fashion.

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How Much Does Vance Joy Really Know About His Australian Homeland?

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Besides being a totally cool, up and coming singer-songwriter, September You Oughta Know artist Vance Joy is one of many awesome musicians that hail from the “Land Down Under” A.K.A. Australia. But how well does he really know his native land? VH1 News correspondent Ellie Lee puts the singer to the test by quizzing him about all things Aussie. Read more…

From Backstreet Boys To Dream Street: The Surprising Real Stories Behind Famous Boy Band Names

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Boy bands have really odd names when you think about it. Which “back street” are the Backstreet Boys from? Do they even have back streets in Orlando, oh excuse me, I meant O-Town. What’s with that extra apostrophe in ‘N SYNC? And what the hell does BBMak mean anyway? Now that the excitement of the summer tour season has died down, we’ve got plenty of time to obsess over such things. We decided to go past the frosted tips of the story and find out how these boys – Backstreet or otherwise – got their names. Read more…

10 Music Legends Who Eerily Predicted Their Own Death

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It’s not news to say that rock ‘n’ roll is a pretty dangerous lifestyle. From plane crashes, drug overdoses, murders, freak accidents, and even stage mishaps, it makes sense that many musicians contemplate their own premature demise a little more often than most folks. But some stars have had eerily specific visions that tragically came true.

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The 5 Best Covers of “Bang Bang” That Will Blow Your Mind

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Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj are a powerhouse team of females who sing, dance and rap their butts off on their latest hit “Bang Bang.” These ladies make it look easy, even with an occasional wardrobe malfunction, and singers around the world have been inspired to create their own version of the smash hit. Check out these mind-blowing covers of “Bang Bang” that will get stuck in your head all day long.

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